Shasta of the Wolves
is a 1919 feral child novel
author Olaf Baker
On a mountain
in the Pacific Northwest
, apparently in the 19th century, the she-wolf
Nitka discovers an abandoned Native American
baby and is inspired by the "Spirit of the Wild" to raise him alongside her own cubs. He has no name of his own to begin with, although the author calls him Shasta from the outset.
Like Rudyard Kipling
(Baker even refers to him as a man-cub), Shasta grows up naked in the wild and is able to speak to animals, including the wise old brown bear
Gomposh, although this "speech" seems to consist as much of body language
as of actual vocalization. Along the way his animal parents and friends rescue him from attacks by a grizzly bear
and a moose
, and he takes revenge on an eagle
for killing wolf cubs.
Shasta also discovers a human tribe
and is briefly captured by them before his wolf parents help him to escape. His curiosity eventually draws him back, and this time he is treated more kindly and persuaded to stay. The chief explains to the tribe that he is in fact one of their own tribesmen, Shasta, grandson of the old chief. Shasta's mother was killed by a tribesman who defected to an enemy tribe, the Assiniboines, taking Shasta and abandoning him in the hope that the wolves would kill him. Instead, he survived and eventually returned to the tribe bringing his "wolf medicine".
While Shasta is in the process of learning tribal ways, he... Read More